Spirits of Rock County to feature a ghost hunt tour

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

JANESVILLE—A paranormal investigator will spend the evening of Friday, Oct. 11, trying to connect 10 people with the spiritual past of the Lincoln-Tallman House.

The 10 will be chosen from those who buy raffle tickets as part of a Rock County Historical Society fundraiser.

The Society for Anomalous Studies is providing the paranormal investigator for the VIP Ghost Hunt Tour.

The group will witness an investigation into the energies of the home and learn about the equipment used to measure energy changes, temperature and sound waves, said Michael Reuter, executive director of the Rock County Historical Society.

They'll watch for some sort of phenomenal response from Abraham Lincoln, who slept in the six-floor mansion while giving a series of speeches in Beloit.

They'll keep watch for an apparition of William M. Tallman or one of his family members who lived in 19th century Rock County.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help pay for new Lincoln-Tallman House tours set to launch in June, Reuter said.

Raffle ticket sales end Friday.

“With a lot of historic houses and sites around the country dipping their hands into paranormal investigation, we thought it would be a good idea in October and around Halloween to demonstrate how the Tallman House can be used other than just as a historic house,” Reuter said.

Those who don't get the opportunity to join the VIP Ghost Hunt Tour can interact with paranormal investigators Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26. Stations will be set up in the Lincoln-Tallman House for visitors to try out some of the equipment used during the tour, he said.

“We didn't want to shortchange anyone who didn't win a ticket since the Lincoln-Tallman House has never been investigated by a paranormal group before,” Reuter said.

For the VIP tour, participants 12 and older may interact with the paranormal investigators, ask them questions, learn about Victorian funeral customs and ghost-hunting techniques and view a sťance demonstration when a medium will try to connect with the energies of the Lincoln-Tallman House.

In conjunction with All-Saints Eve, the historical society invites the public between 6 and 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, to share in the Rock County Reveal Event where members of the VIP Ghost Hunt Tour will share their experiences and view recorded footage of the nighttime tour.

The event is limited to 75 guests, who must be 21 and older to attend, Reuter said.

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